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Welcome to Science Next Door, Fermilab’s community newsletter. Once a month, we’ll give you the rundown about what’s happening here at the laboratory and provide information about our public events. If you would prefer not to receive this newsletter, you can click the “unsubscribe” button below. Thank you!
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Public meeting June 24 about proposed large neutrino experiment

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If you follow the news out of Fermilab, you’ve probably heard about the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility and the related Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment. It’s the largest proposed physics experiment at our laboratory. It will involve the construction of four buildings and a new beamline on the Fermilab site, not far from Kirk and Giese roads in Batavia. Scientists will use the facility to send subatomic particles called neutrinos through the earth to a large detector in South Dakota. Construction at Fermilab could begin as early as 2018.

The U.S. Department of Energy is hosting a public meeting in Fermilab's Wilson Hall on Wednesday, June 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to gather comments on the preliminary findings of the related environmental studies. The meeting will provide our neighbors and the local community with an opportunity to meet with scientists and engineers working on the proposed project. It will provide information on the planned facility and the expected environmental impacts as detailed in a Draft Environmental Assessment that has been prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act. There will be short presentations, posters, and the opportunity for you to ask questions and submit comments.

The public comment period for the environmental assessment begins on June 8 and runs until July 10. You can download and read the complete assessment and submit comments at this website. If you have questions about the public meeting, please call Katie Yurkewicz at 630-840-3351. If you’d like to read more about the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility and its related Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, we have summarized the information in a four-page brochure that you can download. We value your input on this project, and we hope to see you on June 24.
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Photo column spacer Family Outdoor Fair – June 14, 1-4 p.m.
FREE
What could be better than spending a fun-filled day outdoors and learning about natural science at the same time? The eighth annual Fermilab Family Outdoor Fair is a free event for kids of all ages, with more than a dozen educational events planned. Kids can participate in a prairie scavenger hunt, test whether they can run faster than a bison, see turtles and tortoises up close, and thanks to the Northern Illinois Raptor Rehabilitation and Education Center, meet some live hawks, falcons and owls. The fair takes place at the Lederman Science Center on Sunday, June 14 from 1-4 p.m., and will happen rain or shine. For more information, call 630-840-5588 or email edreg@fnal.gov.
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Photo column spacer Lecture: Ice Fishing for Neutrinos – June 10, 8 p.m.
Francis Halzen is a professor of physics at the University of Wisconsin Madison, and the principal investigator of a striking neutrino experiment called IceCube. Situated at the South Pole, the IceCube experiment uses the Antarctic shelf as an observatory. Scientists have melted 86 holes, each more than 1.5 miles deep, and lowered basketball-sized detectors on cables down those holes. These detectors are sensitive to neutrinos passing through the earth. The experiment’s goal is to learn more about cosmic neutrinos that reach our planet with phenomenal energy. You can learn more about IceCube when Halzen delivers a talk about it at Fermilab on Wednesday, June 10 at 8 p.m. (Note the day – this is a special Wednesday night lecture held in conjunction with Fermilab's annual users meeting. More than 4,000 scientists and engineers from around the world use Fermilab for their research.) Tickets and information are available on our website.
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Photo column spacer Summer Teacher Workshops – June 15-26
Fermilab’s Education Office works with thousands of students every year, visiting schools, organizing programs and leading tours of the laboratory. But you may not know that they also work with hundreds of educators, offering resources and insights for those teaching physics, biology, chemistry and other subjects. Fermilab hosts teacher workshops each year, in a variety of categories, for teachers of various grade levels. In June teachers will be able to choose from nine workshops – some lasting a week, some longer – with topics ranging from modeling biology and chemistry curriculums to learning about the history and ecosystem of the prairie. See the calendar to the right for dates and times, and visit the Education Office web page for more information.
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Photo column spacer Large Hadron Collider experiments first to see long-theorized subatomic process
Los Angeles Times: Large Hadron Collider finds long-sought signs of rare particle decays
Newsweek: Large Hadron Collider study supports standard model of physics
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Photo column spacer Fermilab astrophysicist talks about the Holometer experiment
Motherboard: Meet the government researcher trying to prove the universe is a hologram
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Photo column spacer CERN and United States sign cooperative agreement
New York Times: U.S. and European scientists sign cooperation pact
Huffington Post: International science with the U.S. and CERN
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Photo column spacer Temple Grandin speaks at Fermilab
Chicago Tribune: World-renowned speaker gets ‘real’ with Fermi audience
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Photo column spacer Watch real-time data from the NOvA experiment
Physics Central: Watch cosmic rays live and play "I Spy" for neutrinos
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Contact Info
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row spacer Call 630-840-3351 or email fermilab@fnal.gov with questions. Free public tours are offered every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. The Fermilab site is open for visitors every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wilson Hall's 15th-floor viewing area and art gallery are open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the 15th-floor area is also open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. row spacer
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Calendar


Habitat Workday FREE
Mon., June 1, 1 p.m.

DZero and Tevatron Tour FREE
Tue., June 2, 1:30 p.m.
Ages 14 and up
THIS EVENT IS FULL

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., June 2, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., June 3, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

Colloquium: Amplifying Tiny Changes with Ultrafast Video FREE
Wed., June 3, 4 p.m.

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thu., June 4, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Lederman Science Center FREE
Sat., June 6, 10 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

Ask a Scientist: Neutrinos – Nature’s Mysterious Messengers FREE
Sun., June 7, 1 p.m.
Grades 6 and up
THIS EVENT IS FULL

Habitat Workday FREE
Mon., June 8, 1 p.m.

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., June 9, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., June 10, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

Arts & Lecture Series: Ice Fishing for Neutrinos
Wed., June 10, 8 p.m.

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thu., June 11, 7:30-10 p.m.

Family Outdoor Fair FREE
Sun., June 14, 1-4 p.m.

Barn Dance
Sun., June 14, 6:30 p.m.

Teachers Workshop: Modeling Physics - Mechanics
Mon-Fri, June 15-26, 7:30 a.m.
Teachers Grades 9-12

Teachers Workshop: Modeling Physics – Electricity and Magnetism
Mon-Fri, June 15-26, 7:30 a.m.
Teachers Grades 9-12

Teachers Workshop: Modeling Chemistry
Mon-Fri, June 15-26, 7:30 a.m.
Teachers Grades 9-12

Teachers Workshop: Modeling Biology
Mon-Fri, June 15-26, 7:30 a.m.
Teachers Grades 9-12

Teachers Workshop: Teaching NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas with Modern Physics
Mon-Fri, June 15-19, 8:30 a.m.
Teachers Grades 9-12

Science Adventure: Survival Science
Mon-Thur, June 15-18, 9 a.m.
Grades 4-6


Science Adventure: Traveling the Universe – Get on Board!
Mon-Tue, June 15-16, 9:30 a.m.
Grades 1-3

Habitat Workday FREE
Mon., June 15, 1 p.m.

Third Tuesday Steward Workday FREE
Tue., June 16, noon

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., June 16, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., June 17, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

Science Adventure: Traveling the Universe – Chart Your Course
Thu-Fri, June 18-19, 9:30 a.m.
Grades 4-6

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thu., June 18, 7:30-10 p.m.

Science Adventure: Time of Our Life
Fri., June 19, 9 a.m.
Grades 2-5

Science Adventure: Girls Scientific Salon
Sat., June 20, 9 a.m.
Grades 4-7

Big Woods Steward Workday FREE
Sat., June 20, 9 a.m.

English Country Dancing FREE
Sun., June 21, 2-5 p.m.

Teachers Workshop: The Prairie – Our Heartland
Mon-Wed, June 22-24, 8 a.m.
Teachers Grades 3-5

Teachers Workshop: Summer Secondary Biology Institute
Mon-Fri, June 22-26, 8 a.m.
Teachers Grades 9-12

Teachers Workshop: Summer Secondary Physics Institute – Waves, Sound and Optics
Mon-Fri, June 22-26, 8:30 a.m.
Teachers Grades 9-12

Habitat Workday FREE
Mon., June 22, 1 p.m.

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., June 23, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., June 24, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

Teachers Workshop: Insects at Work in Our World
Thu-Fri, June 25-26, 9 a.m.
Teachers Grades 1-2

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thu., June 25, 7:30-10 p.m.

Science Adventure: Lego Engineering Juniors
Sat., June 27, 9:30 a.m.
Grades 3-5

Science Adventure: Wondering Why?
Mon-Thu, June 29-July 2, 9 a.m.
Grades 1-3

Habitat Workday FREE
Mon., June 29, 1 p.m.

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., June 30, 7:30-10 p.m.

COMING IN JULY

Ask a Scientist FREE
Sun., July 12, 1 p.m.
Grades 6 and up

Artist Reception: On That Note, Chicago Printmakers Collaborative FREE
Sat., June 18, 5-7 p.m.

Arts & Lecture Series: Sons of the Never Wrong
Sat., July 18, 8 p.m.

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